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Tour of Blue Mound

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 3.8 (13)

Not for the faint of heart or body, this loop will challenge even the more experienced riders.


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10.5

Miles

17.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,721' 525 m

High

1,238' 377 m

Low

1,568' 478 m

Up

1,556' 474 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Closed when specified on madcitydirt.com/trailcondit…, when the gate at the trailhead is closed, or when common sense tells you it's too muddy or would be rutted, post-holed, etc.

Overview

Currently the longest loop of singletrack in Blue Mound State Park, this ride will test your skills and endurance. Combining the fast and flowy Over Lode with the more technically challenging Mound Loop (long), this route may very well have you thinking about taking a dip in the pool or busting open the cooler that's in the trunk of your car well before you arrive back at the parking lot.

Description

The Over Lode portion is fast, flowy, and less technical but also has some steep climbs that can wear you out for the Mound Loop (long) that follows.

Starting out on Gneiss & Smooth, you get a nice warmup for Over Lode. Take a right at the first gravel crossing, cross the road on the ski trail, then a left at the fork. You'll fly down the ski hill a little ways until you see another turn to the left. Slow down, stay right, and Over Lode begins on the left.

Over Lode contains several ravine crossings, and not surprisingly, an equal number of challenging, steep, but relatively short climbs. There is also quite a bit of sustained descent that follows the contours of the terrain and allows you to go as fast as your wits will let you. After a few rides you get a sense where you can really open the throttle, or rather, let off the brakes.

After two road crossings you join back up with Gneiss & Smooth by hanging a right. Continue onward into Chert Dip, Serpentine Climb, and if you've had enough, Basalty Bail will bring you back to the trailhead. Otherwise you can continue onto Holy Schist which will put you onto the Mound Loop (long).

This ride is basically identical to Over Lode Loop (short), but tacks on another 4 miles of difficult trail, includes the infamous Holy Schist, and slow but steady climb and quick descent on Home Stretch. The Mound Loop (long) is difficult enough, but riding Over Lode first can be energy-depleting and make things more interesting by the time you reach the halfway point.

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Gary Schweisthal

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  3.8 from 13 votes

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Photos

Blue Mound - Review of "Tour of Blue Mound".
Jul 24, 2022 near Barneveld, WI
Challenging double rock feature on Chert Dip
Nov 3, 2013 near Barneveld, WI
Where some fun begins on Holy Schist.
Sep 23, 2014 near Barneveld, WI
Holy Schist - One of many creek crossings.
Sep 19, 2022 near Barneveld, WI
First challenge shortly after start.
Oct 22, 2018 near Barneveld, WI

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Nov 10, 2021
Chuck Hutchens
I added Pokerville for the extra miles. Pokerville and Holy Schist have rock gardens that never end. Overload for climbing. Gniess for some flow. !!!! 15.1mi — 3h 05m
Jun 13, 2021
Darrin Purcell
brutal...I haven't walked a bike that much in years. ridiculous climbs with no relief. 10mi — 2h 30m
Jun 20, 2020
Gregor Wilke
11mi — 2h 00m
Jul 18, 2018
Michael Pater
Nov 13, 2016
Bill Zahalka
9.3mi
Jun 21, 2008
Lost Justpastnowhere